Hat trick for Ballymena Academy at GCSE Construction Awards
CITB NI awarded the top three students in GCSE Construction and the Built Environment
2019 at the Annual Chartered Institute of Building Awards held at Nutts Corner Training
Ballymena Academy were the recipients of all three awards with first place going to Matthew
Orr, second place, Tim Bailie and third place Richard Carson.
The GCSE in Construction and the Built Environment has been developed by CCEA to help
students develop knowledge and understanding of the construction industry and have
opportunities to apply their developing knowledge and skills in relevant, enjoyable and work-
The students were invited to the annual Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Awards
hosted by CITB NI which awarded those professionals who gained CIOB status throughout
the year and included a presentation Graham Construction on the building and development
of the Grand Central Hotel in Belfast.
On presenting the awards, Barry Neilson, Chief Executive, CITB NI, said, “It is with great
pleasure to award three students from Ballymena Academy the top accolades in GCSE in
Construction 2019. Construction is a rewarding industry with a variety of opportunities on
offer from project management to onsite roles with prospects for career enhancement and
good earning potential. The popularity of the subject is growing and over 7000 pupils have
undertaken the exam over the past decade. We hope that by studying and excelling at this
level students may consider their future career path within this sector. We look forward to
seeing you as potential constructors of the future.”
Well done to all involved!